Aoife launches Sáimhín Só in MacCarthy's bar
THERE was plenty of ceol and craic in MacCarthy's bar last Friday night as people came out in force for the launch of Sáimhín Só - the new CD by local musician Aoife Granville.
Launching the CD on the night was renowned musician Caoimhín Ó Sé – the son of the late, great Maidhc Dainín – who opened proceedings.
Paying tribute to Aoife's prowess as a flutist, Caoimhín said the name of the new CD – which loosely translates as 'at your ease' – was appropriate as it reflected her effortless ease and grace as a musician and singer. "She lives and breathes music," he said.
Caoimhín also noted Aoife's academic achievements – the Sráid Eoin woman has obtained a PhD and is also a lecturer in music in Newcastle University.
Aoife herself thanked all who had contributed to the CD and indeed those who have supported her on her musical journey.
Aoife was then joined by her sister Deirdre on harp, Tom O'Grady on bodhrán and Gerry O'Beirne on guitar. Musicians Conal Ó Gráda, whom she said she had the honour of studying under at UCC, and Colm Murphy were also present as Aoife led a number of renditions of songs off the new album.
Sáimhín Só is out now and is available through a number of online outlets and in good music stores.
The album includes reels, jigs, slides, hornpipes and marches along with tracks such as Maidin Luain Cincíse, Isle of St. Helena, Réidh Chnoc Na Mná Duibhe and Gleann Beag Lách an Cheoil.